16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Austin, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Helsinki is 8 hours. Traveling from Austin in December, you will find days in Helsinki are colder (37°F), and nights are a bit cooler (27°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Wed), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get all the equipment you need at Bike Rental - by Carfield, don't miss a visit to Louhisaari Manor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Turku online day trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Turku in January; daily highs in Levi reach 15°F and lows reach -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°F, and evening lows to 1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get a taste of the local shopping with Marttiini Store Old Factory, and get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 16°F, while at night they dip to 6°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."